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To the Editor: Winston Kaehler's letter (R-E, April 17) regarding the sand mines and the potential for environmental disaster when using the process called fracking stated that 80 percent of the oil market was pushed by speculators. While I agree with Mr. Kaehler regarding the need for the public to get educated as to the detrimental side effects of fracking, his statement regarding the oil markets was slightly off the mark. Forbes magazine, a bastion of conservatism, admits that a portion of the oil market is in fact pushed by the speculators and big oil companies.
To the Editor: Virtually everyone likes to complain about wasteful taxes, me included. Honestly, I have no idea how much of my property taxes are directed to support the Red Wing Public Library. But as a tax payer-customer, they are a service that delivers full value to our community. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. The patrons are civil and respectful of the needs of others, whether young or old. The entire staff is eager to assist with any book request no matter how obscure.
To the Editor: I feel Peggy Rehder has flip-flopped on her opinion on safety and sidewalks. She would have voted yes for sidewalks on Eunice and Hallquist and yes on the use of the sidewalks for the snowmobilers out by Motel Avenue to Burnside Cemetery. After the path is used for snowmobiling, it is hard packed and icy. Where are the kids that walk to Burnside School supposed to walk? How does she come up with her reasoning on these safety issues? Robert Oglesby Red Wing
To the Editor: Although John Litsenberger's letter (R-E April 4) in reply to mine (R-E March 28) made some valid points, others call for clarification. The ostrich with its head in the sand referred not to county government but to the public at large, who generally seem not to realize the vast scale and number of proposed frac sand mines and their potential for negative impacts.
To the Editor: Every day the threat of frac sand mining in Goodhue County grows despite citizen outcry for banishment. Recently I passed a new mine in Wisconsin. It sits across the street from several homes. Look out your window. Imagine your neighbor is a crater the size of six football fields. Imagine that crater as a 24-hour-a-day industrial operation. That's what I saw.
To the Editor: For the past four months I have been actively training as a sexual assault advocate and interning for SARA -- Sexual Assault Resource Agency. Throughout my training and interning, I have gained a great amount of knowledge in the area of sexual assault. The more knowledgeable that I become in this area, the more aware I become of how important an agency like SARA is. I believe that if it were not for SARA there would be no awareness and preventing of sexual assault in our area, along with no outreach into our communities.
To the Editor: The Minnesota Angel Tax credit was signed into law April 1, 2010.
To the Editor: Generations from now, historians will look back on the hopefully brief Obama administration as America's "Lost Years" when our great nation stumbled domestically and floundered globally. Beginning with the Ivy League academic/socialist colleagues that advised and directed President Barack Obama, through the wasteful trillion dollar stimulus, the inept globalist foreign policy that emboldened our foes like the Muslim Brotherhood and confused our allies like Israel, Great Britain and the new democracies who live under the threatening shadow of neo-Soviet Russia.
To the Editor: While I can agree, in part, with what Mr. Kaehler had to say about the countywide moratorium on sand mining and the Mining Study Committee, I cannot agree with his conclusions (R-E, March 28). What I do agree with is his statement about the ostrich. To that end, the county is doing its part in not sticking its head in the sand. As one of the nine committee members and an admitted mining advocate (it was my profession for 40-some years) I point out that the committee's mission is not to ban mining in Goodhue County.
To the Editor: Where is the Sunnyside trail -- or where should it be? Think how handy it would be to have a safe path for children going and coming from Sunnyside Elementary and Twin Bluff Middle schools. I've been biking around that area often and got to thinking about where Grace Street changes to another street. What if a trail started by that fire hydrant? I went back there and it looks like it would make a unique and awesome trail. Some of the streets and sidewalks there and on West Avenue are steep. They can really dangerous for children.